There’s a lot more room in the front of the Superb than in compact executive cars such as the BMW 3 Series – for size the Superb is actually as big as, if not even bigger than, those cars from the class above, such as the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes E-Class Estate. Even for those well over six feet tall space won't be an issue.
There are plenty of storage options around the cabin, too, including a large air-conditioned glovebox, cupholders in the centre console and a hinged cubby behind the steering wheel. The doorbins are also large and shaped to hold a 500ml bottle of water. Nice touches include a glasses holder by the rear-view mirror and, on SE trim and above, two umbrellas neatly stowed inside the front doors.
Skoda Superb Estate rear space
Not much beyond a Mercedes S-Class limousine offers as much rear-seat space as a Superb. Two six-foot adults will be able to stretch their legs and make themselves comfortable, and getting in and out is easy thanks to the wide opening doors and low sill heights.
On models fitted with electric seats, optional controls can be specified that allow the rear passenger to move the front passenger seat forward and extend their leg room.
The middle-seat passenger is not so well off since they have to place their feet either side of the relatively high central tunnel, and manage with a bit less head room. However, providing they’re not too tall, it’s still a comfortable place to travel for a reasonable distance.
Skoda Superb Estate seating flexibility
The rear seats are split 60/40 and there’s a ski-hatch in the centre seat that allows long loads to be accommodated without disturbing the car’s remaining four passengers. On SE trim you can order a fold-flat front seat, enabling the car to accommodate extra-long loads, although you’ll get a 2.0-metre long item in fairly easily without resorting to adjusting the front passenger seat.
The rear seats are lowered by simply pulling a lever on the top of each backrest. Alternatively, you can specify an optional release mechanism with levers conveniently located by the bootlid aperture, although it’s a shame these aren’t standard as they are in some rivals, because they are a really useful touch in a car with such a long boot.
Skoda Superb Estate boot space
Even with the rear seats in place, there’s enough room in the Superb’s cavernous and well-shaped boot for a number of large suitcases, and the broad boot opening and low lip help with loading. But on the downside, you have to pay extra for a variable-height boot floor – something well worth paying for as it makes for a convenient way to hide small items and it irons out the stepped boot floor you get with the rear seats folded otherwise.
A boot net that allows you to tie down loose items is optional on cheaper versions but standard on SE L Executive trim and above. Nice touches as standard on all models include a number of carrying hooks, a large cubby either side of the main boot area, a 12V charging socket and a rechargeable torch. You also get two plastic dividers with Velcro feet that can be attached anywhere on the boot floor to help wedge a loose item into a corner. The loadbay cover is one-touch release, so you just tap it and it retracts.
An electrically operated bootlid is optional on some models and standard on SE L Executive trim. With it fitted, you can also specify a 'Virtual Pedal', which allows you to open the boot by waving your foot under the rear bumper when you might have your hands full with other items.